The dominant feature overlooking Redruth (and Camborne) is the 750 ft. high granite plateau of Carn Brea.
First inhabited in the Neolithic period around 3400-3700 BC, these early settlers were followed by Iron Age dwellers who would have probably been the first people to have mined the hillside around 2,000 years or so ago.
A minor road from Carnkie leads to a rough track that will take you up there, or of course you can do it the harder way by walking up one of the various footpaths that lead to the top.
Once you’re up here you’ll be able to look down on Redruth and Camborne and for miles around in every direction, but there are some interesting things to see up here as well.
Your eye will be drawn first to the 90 ft tall Basset Monument that no doubt you would have seen before heading up here. This ‘Celtic Cross’, built out of granite, commemorates Francis Basset, a local mine owner who was one of the petitioners of the abolition of slavery. It was erected with public funds in 1836.
While you’re here make sure that you don’t miss the ‘Cup and Saucer’ Rock next to the monument.
Carn Brea Castle is another monument that uses the local rock in its structure - this time though it’s used as part of the foundations.
Originally built as a chapel in 1379 it was rebuilt by the Basset family as a Hunting Lodge in the 18th cent. Today it’s used as a restaurant! I reckon it could be an interesting place to go for a meal on a cold, wet, foggy Cornish night.
I’ve yet to try it myself!
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The Red Lion is the only Public House in the village of Mawnan Smith just outside Falmouth in Cornwall. Although about 20 miles away from Redruth the food is so good, when I opt to eat out I usually head there. An atmospheric traditional country pub, thatched roof, nooks and crannies, beamed ceilings, log fire and real, exquisite character. Worth...more
I have eaten in Carn Brea Castle several times and it is unique. There is a narrow single track road to the castle which turns into a rough track for the last 200 mts or so and rises to the castle from the village of Carnkie near Redruth. Watch out for slightly raised granite stone embedded in the track. There is a car park immediately outside the...more
When we visited this Restaurant a couple years ago, the friendly owner was Turkish (I think) and the food reflects this. What I can remember is that it was a delicious mix of Turkish type food with an twist, to suit the English palate.If your car is capable of making the climb upto this view point, make the trip because I can assure you that it...more
As well as the castle on Carn Brae, you will find this 90ft (approx 30mtr) high monument made of granite.It was built in 1836, as a tribute to a local man. Lord Francis Basset was a mining entrepreneur and a member of an ancient Cornish family. They became one of the principal mine owners in the Camborne-Redruth mining district in the 18th and 19th...more
Above the townships of Camborne, Pool, Redruth & Illogan, Known collectively as CPRI, is a hill called Carn Brea. The Northern slope is steep with a few rutted paths to the top. One or two are shallow gullies which act as drainage during heavy rain. Access to the top from this side does require a degree of fitness. The Southern and Western sides...more
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